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Brian McCullagh

The magic history forum seems the appropriate place to announce, with sadness, the death of Brian McCullagh from Australia, following a long decline in health. Brian's impact on the magic scene during his years here cannot be overstated. As well as his immense enthusiasm for the Geniis Magical Socie...
by Kent Blackmore
01/19/14 10:45 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Brian McCullagh
Replies: 5
Views: 625

Re: Dr Scott Lewis reported dead in fall

by Kent Blackmore
01/12/14 10:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dr Scott Lewis reported dead in fall
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Re: Dr Scott Lewis reported dead in fall

by Kent Blackmore
01/11/14 04:57 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dr Scott Lewis reported dead in fall
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Re: Dr Scott Lewis reported dead in fall

by Kent Blackmore
01/11/14 04:55 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dr Scott Lewis reported dead in fall
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Dr Scott Lewis reported dead in fall

Television news is reporting that Dr. Scott Lewis, Hypnotist in "The Illusionists 2.0" show currently performing at the Sydney Opera House, Australia, has fallen to his death from his apartment balcony in Pyrmont today. Currently no other details.
by Kent Blackmore
01/11/14 04:08 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dr Scott Lewis reported dead in fall
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Re: Question about Horace Goldin

Checked my copy; there is no date against the phot.
by Kent Blackmore
08/27/10 03:21 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Question about Horace Goldin
Replies: 11
Views: 1274

Re: Tom Mullica update

Great news indeed!
by Kent Blackmore
08/14/10 07:58 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Mullica update
Replies: 19
Views: 2704

Re: Abbotts Compendium Packed With History

A thousand thanks. This will be a wonderful read, really well put together; must have taken a lot of work!
by Kent Blackmore
07/07/10 10:46 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Abbotts Compendium Packed With History
Replies: 4
Views: 451

William Davenport, and Harry Houdin (no, not him)

Today I've updated the tale of William Henry Harrison Davenport and the dispute surrounding his gravestone, following his death in Australia, in 1877. You can find the article at Magic In Sydney under the "history" button. The next article is likely to investigate the magician who performe...
by Kent Blackmore
07/07/10 08:58 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Davenport, and Harry Houdin (no, not him)
Replies: 0
Views: 201

Signal delay on digital radio

One for the mentalists or gamblers out there, perhaps? "Live" Digital radio signals may be received 3 - 8 seconds after the event takes place.

Sydney Morning Herald
by Kent Blackmore
03/28/10 06:21 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Signal delay on digital radio
Replies: 0
Views: 262

The Mystery of William Davenport

William Henry Harrison Davenport, of the famous Davenport Brothers pseudo-medium act, died in Australia in 1877. His gravestone is in Sydney; but is there a second monument to his name?

See the "History" link at SydneyMagic.net for the story.
by Kent Blackmore
01/28/10 09:12 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Mystery of William Davenport
Replies: 1
Views: 413

Re: Skull-ocation as sold by Tannen's?

Mine, an original, is made of white plastic with red "gemstone" eyes, a red cord and a small brass ring at the end of the cord. The instructions are a 4-page leaflet, "Max Holden Presenets Skullo-Cation" by Bill Nord, copyright 1948 Bill Nord. With a non-sleight routine, and a sl...
by Kent Blackmore
11/23/09 01:36 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skull-ocation as sold by Tannen's?
Replies: 6
Views: 1455

Re: Seeking stage blood "whipping" recipe

Apologies for the garbled second paragraph above; too late to edit now!
I've found one source, at
http://www.instructables.com/id/Blood-t ... ical-way!/
but any other tips would be welcome.
by Kent Blackmore
11/17/09 09:40 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Seeking stage blood "whipping" recipe
Replies: 1
Views: 891

Seeking stage blood "whipping" recipe

I wonder if some good person out there could help me locate a recipe for a staged "whipping" scene (not in a magic show). I have recollections of an old "days gone by" show which featured convicts being lashed, with streaks of blood appearing as the whip struck the victim. While ...
by Kent Blackmore
11/17/09 02:36 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Seeking stage blood "whipping" recipe
Replies: 1
Views: 891

Re: 2009 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History

Mmm, Bill, with only a single line of text and no explanation as to why you think the LA Conference is snobby, your post looks like a cheap shot rather than an informed commentary.
by Kent Blackmore
11/05/09 11:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2009 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History
Replies: 50
Views: 9677

Oscar Eliason, the original Dante - major update

Twenty-five years after the publication of my first monograph on Oscar Eliason, the Original 'Dante The Great' , a major web-based update has been released, containing significant new information in the story of this talented American magician who died an untimely death in Australia at the age of ju...
by Kent Blackmore
05/14/09 10:25 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Oscar Eliason, the original Dante - major update
Replies: 1
Views: 658

Maurice Rooklyn The Human Target, and early Australian magicians

In 1934 Maurice Rooklyn, best known as an illusionist and expert Billiards manipulator, was not yet thirty years old. During the midst of the Depression years he decided that the only way to gain a foothold on the Australian Vaudeville circuit was to present an act which would cause a sensation. Fro...
by Kent Blackmore
04/29/09 03:58 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Maurice Rooklyn The Human Target, and early Australian magicians
Replies: 0
Views: 508

Re: Uri

Well, no, I disagree. Michael said "we can acknowledge...". Jonathan has taken "acknowledge" to mean "admire". You may have no admiration for Adolf, but you must surely acknowledge that he was skilled at moving a crowd. I have no time for Geller (Richard Hatch's early p...
by Kent Blackmore
03/12/09 08:53 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Uri
Replies: 139
Views: 33145

Re: Lefthanded

During coffee at the Magic Castle a well-known German mentalist, since deceased, handed me a deck of cards and asked me to spread them between my hands. I did, from right to left, exposing a number of faked index cards. End of effect.
by Kent Blackmore
12/04/08 05:49 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Lefthanded
Replies: 17
Views: 1718

Re: Designer Toast

Crumbs. Looks like I started something. I've been burning to respond but it wasn't breakfast time over here in Australia. You should be able to do more than burn a boring card into your toast; you could have something that says "You thought of Paris, a Lamborgini, and your favourite spread is G...
by Kent Blackmore
09/15/08 09:18 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Designer Toast
Replies: 24
Views: 2763

Designer Toast

by Kent Blackmore
09/15/08 01:48 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Designer Toast
Replies: 24
Views: 2763

Self-healing rubber bands

Science catches up with magic?
Snap! Rubber band heal thyself - News.com.au
by Kent Blackmore
02/20/08 05:08 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Self-healing rubber bands
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Re: FISM 2009 Venue Change !

Hmmm, isn't politics, other than magic politics, barred on the forum?
by Kent Blackmore
02/14/08 09:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2009 Venue Change !
Replies: 34
Views: 1922

Re: Bill Nord’s “Skullo-cation”

Ken, give me a day and I'll email you a copy of the original instructions from my set, which was originally owned by manipulator Maurice Rooklyn (name dropper!) From memory there are two methods, both ending with three cards put into the jaw. The skull is jiggled and the indifferent cards fall away ...
by Kent Blackmore
08/29/05 10:58 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bill Nord’s “Skullo-cation”
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Who was J.Ovette?

You'll find plenty of references in Google if you search on "Joseph Ovette magic". Odds and Ends in Cardology - 1937 Ovette's Golden Mysteries. Practical Telepathy Ovette's Tricks and Illusionettes - 1944 The Perfection Flag Trick - 1936 Miraculous Hindu Feats - 1947 One of his books is de...
by Kent Blackmore
08/29/05 04:11 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who was J.Ovette?
Replies: 8
Views: 1008

Re: ATTENTION FOREIGN SUBSCRIBERS: HAVE YOU RECEIVED YOUR AUGUST ISSUE YET?

No August issue at my place in Australia yet.
by Kent Blackmore
08/23/05 06:34 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ATTENTION FOREIGN SUBSCRIBERS: HAVE YOU RECEIVED YOUR AUGUST ISSUE YET?
Replies: 39
Views: 468

Re: From Australia

Do you mean "where can I buy books and cards in Australia", or "is anyone selling books which were published in Australia"? Your request is unclear, your email address doesn't inspire confidence, and the webpage shown in your profile does not provide any information about you or ...
by Kent Blackmore
07/25/05 06:43 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: From Australia
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: Chriss Angel right NOW @ Grand Central

Wait! Just ask him to Wait! I'll be right over!

Kent Blackmore
Sydney, Australia :D
by Kent Blackmore
07/13/05 09:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chriss Angel right NOW @ Grand Central
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Lids by Rick Johnsson

It doesn't seem to have been mentioned previously that the routine is published in a "Linking Ring" magazine (Rick's column was 'Come A Little Closer'.) Maybe someone with the IBM's searchable CD of the Linking Ring could hunt down the trick for you.
by Kent Blackmore
07/07/05 08:18 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Lids by Rick Johnsson
Replies: 34
Views: 6210

Re: Food For Thought ....

I settled back earlier, and didn't reply to Andy H's posting, on the basis that snapping back in haste would be counterproductive. Clay's reply probably says it nicely. However, I'd point out that Bob Lund was not someone who "couldn't" do magic. He was just sensible enough to realise that...
by Kent Blackmore
06/27/05 09:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Food For Thought ....
Replies: 23
Views: 259

Re: The REAL Daub now available to magicians

And on the same lines, is this section of the forum appropriate for advertising products (new or old)? I see a few mentions of books and upcoming lecture tours, but what will happen if every dealer starts posting ads for their latest product? Up to the moderators, of course, but the idea doesn't app...
by Kent Blackmore
05/26/05 09:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The REAL Daub now available to magicians
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: Auction of Rare Stuff!

The auction was attended by a small number of magicians, not a huge crowd for the other non-magic items which mainly sold for well under $100. The Houdini poster was knocked down for AU$62,000 plus premium to a phone bidder who 'came off stage' to bid ... doesn't take much guessing as to who that wa...
by Kent Blackmore
04/10/05 04:10 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Auction of Rare Stuff!
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: Identity Theft!

Without commenting on the issues you raise, can I just say that the moderator of the Electronic Grymoire is highly respected for his fairness and common sense. If you asked to have a "right of reply" to something posted on that forum, I feel sure that it would not be refused. I just ran a ...
by Kent Blackmore
03/17/05 08:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Identity Theft!
Replies: 15
Views: 2608

Re: Ellis & Webster 24 Years Lecture Tour

Sorry Tim,
America's no good for me. Let me know when you're in Australia some time.

:D :D

Have a great trip.
by Kent Blackmore
03/16/05 10:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ellis & Webster 24 Years Lecture Tour
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: The Magic Circle Stamps Are Now Available!

Brian McCullagh's dissenting article in Gibbons Stemp Monthly, here:-

http://www.gibbonsstampmonthly.com/stor ... &preview=1
by Kent Blackmore
03/16/05 05:43 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Magic Circle Stamps Are Now Available!
Replies: 5
Views: 102

Re: S.A.M. Detroit 1932: Who are these guys?

It sure looks like Downs in the top photo. And behind him is Harlan Tarbell.
by Kent Blackmore
12/21/04 08:27 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: S.A.M. Detroit 1932: Who are these guys?
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Jasper Maskelyne - Razor Blade Illusion

By sheer coincidence, I downloaded a video of Maskelyne performing this routine, only a couple of days ago. You can find it at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.britishpathe.com/product_display.php?searchword=Maskelyne&Search.x=44&Search.y=27">http://www.britishpathe.com/product...
by Kent Blackmore
12/21/04 03:14 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Jasper Maskelyne - Razor Blade Illusion
Replies: 3
Views: 706

Re: DESIGN DUPLICATION

John Cornelius' "Thought Transmitter" prop. Business card is put in a card wallet, so you don't touch the card, though you must briefly hold the wallet. Banachek's latest DVD set from L&L has a business card design duplication/divination. Not a clean method though, you hold the packet ...
by Kent Blackmore
12/19/04 03:43 PM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: DESIGN DUPLICATION
Replies: 8
Views: 2307

Re: Haaa-Leee-Wooood

I was almost going to say that the notorious "Divine" also died in the Highland Gardens. Fortunately I did my homework first and found that he/she actually died at the Regency Apartments, 7940 Hollywood Blvd. But then the Jeff Stryker porn/cannibal themed episode of "Erotic Tales"...
by Kent Blackmore
12/19/04 03:27 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Haaa-Leee-Wooood
Replies: 19
Views: 803

Les Levante photographs

In the process of making a minor update to my "Magic In Sydney" website, I have added a small album of twenty-five photographs of Les Cole, "The Great Levante". Mostly, these are photos which were not published in my book "Levante - His Life, No Illusion" as in some cas...
by Kent Blackmore
08/09/04 06:12 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Les Levante photographs
Replies: 1
Views: 86
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